Downsizing can be a tedious process. After you have packed up all your belongings, you will still have to get used to living in a smaller home. Just because you have already cut down your belongings doesn’t mean that they will all fit nicely into your new house or apartment.
To help you with the process, we have compiled some handy tricks for maximizing your home’s potential by clearing out clutter and storage tips. Read on to find out more about how to maximize space after downsizing.
Declutter Your Existing Home
The first step is to get rid of the things that are unnecessary before you actually move. This means making a thorough analysis of the items in your house and following through with things that you plan to keep, donate, sell, or throw away. Something that can help is by creating an inventory of the things you currently own so that you have a clearer idea of any duplicates, inefficiencies, and redundancies. If possible, have a friend or family go through this process with you to have an objective opinion on things that you are holding on to.
Analyze Your Furniture and Appliances
First of all, if your furniture or appliance will not fit in your new home, or is already provided, it is time to get rid of it. If you want to keep it or need the function that it provides, consider the ways where it can be multi-purposed or if you are able to get smaller versions of the same item.
Before you make any final decisions on your furniture, it is important to measure them. Furniture can look different in a larger space and the only way to know if they will fit and look good is if you get accurate measurements beforehand.
Clean Out Your Wardrobe
People tend to think of downsizing as being centered around furniture and other things around the home, however, having a large amount of clothes can also take up a lot of storage. If you haven’t worn anything in several months even though it is in season, get rid of it.
Install Wall-Mounted Storage
In a small space, one of the best ways to maximize the space in your home is to utilize wall-mounted storage. This allows you to create spaces for storing your things where there may not be floor space to put a bookshelf or cabinet. This is especially so in the kitchen where magnetic strips or hooks on your backsplash can help to save counter space and keep your utensils organized neatly.
Get the Best Senior Living Experience at Mariposa
Downsizing and moving can be a major transition – for some, it is an exciting new change but for others, it can be very overwhelming. Here at Mariposa, our team here at our senior living community is here to help you with anything you need during this transition. As part of our exclusive senior living programs, housekeeping, maintenance, and concierge services are all available to our residents to ensure that you or your loved ones are free to focus on the things you love.
For more information about our housing options, living programs, or services that we provide, contact us today by filling in this online form, or by calling us at 561.332.4899.